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Researcher Questions Real-Name Policy


August 8, 2011

A researcher known for speaking about issues of online identity and culture recently criticized the "real-name" policies of a popular social networking site, eWeek reports. Google+ requires users to fill out profiles "to help connect and find real people in the real world." The company's policy suspended accounts of users who used pseudonyms or fake names, but the vice president of Google+ said the company revised its policy late last month to provide "a clear indication of how the user can edit their name to conform to our community standards." The researcher, who works for Microsoft, said, "what's at stake is people's right to protect themselves."   
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